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In Stress and Health

Oxytocin, Family Relationships, and Health

The first discovery of oxytocin was made in 1906 by British pharmacologist Sir Henry Hallett Dale. Since that time, the scientists from different fields have been investigating this hormone. Psychologists did not avoid a temptation to study its actions in the areas of clinical psychology (e.g., Autism, fear, anxiety, and depression), behavioural psychology (e.g., addiction vulnerability, maternal behaviour and in-group bonding), and social psychology (e.g., expressing generosity and trust, and family relationships) either. Currently, the topic about the quality of…

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In Stress and Coping

Does Laughter Really Prolong Your Life?

In my book, I am talking about the link between defence mechanisms suggested by Anna Freud. George Vailant investigated them further proposing to distinguish them in a hierarchical order from pathological to mature or adaptive ones. This idea became a start point for investigating the role of these defence mechanisms in our health and well-being. It so turned out that denial and humour became the most investigated defence mechanism in the area of medical psychology. In this post, I would…

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Stress and Health: What you need to know for your well-being

Stress, especially excessive one, occupies a pivotal position within public health all over the world. At the end of 1970s it has been declared that when an individual achieves the threshold of excessive stress, he/she might experience dramatic psychological changes related to either mental or physical health problems (U.S. Public Health Service, 1979). One of the recent reports, that touched the issue of stress as mental illness, introduced the notion of the disability-adjusted year (DALY) for calculating the number of…

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